Why do people choose wood to serve as cladding and protection for their houses? Well, there are a number of reasons. For one, wood gives the house a natural and stylish look. Second, it is a cheaper material compared with the newer ones in the market today. And third, wood sidings can last up to a lifetime.

However, wood is also the material that needs regular upkeep the most. Why? Wood allows water penetration. It is susceptible to rot and insect damage. Paint on wood can fade or chip off sooner than on other materials. There are more disadvantages that could be listed but what is more important than enumerating them is knowing how to maximize the life of your wood sidings with proper care.

Keeping Mold, Mildew, and Algae Away
Aside from dirt, mold, mildew, and algae are also responsible for the discoloration and, eventually, deterioration of wood sidings. Why do they exist? Mold, mildew, and algae growth happens on your wood sidings as they age. The major contributory factor to such occurrence is moisture, which easily penetrates into the wood since it is highly permeable. These organisms may not damage your sidings physically but they can ruin your house's curb appeal and are also hazardous to your health. Thus, getting rid of them is necessary.

Wood Siding Care

Use sodium percarbonate, sodium hypochlorite, or any household bleaches to clean wood sidings with mold or mildew. Make sure to dilute the bleach in warm water as bleach can damage the wood. Aside from bleach, you can also use commercial cleaners sold in the market as many of these are specially made for cleaning wood surfaces and are therefore gentler cleaning solutions.
If you are planning to repaint or stain your wood sidings after cleaning, let them dry completely first. Sidings that are in shade—with little to no sunlight directly hitting them—may take time to dry. These sidings are more likely to experience recurrence of mold, mildew, and algae growth. If keeping these organisms away becomes too difficult, ask help from a pro.

Frequent Repainting or Staining
One of the reasons why wood sidings require high maintenance is because they need to be repainted or stained more frequently than other siding materials. Repainting is necessary as paint on wood fades, blisters, or chips off over time. Meanwhile, stain gets washed away as you clean your wood sidings; thus, you need to restain them after cleaning.

In doing proper repainting and staining, the first step is to wash and scrub the wood and let it dry completely. Then, perform all the repairs needed. If there are clapboards that are severely damaged, consider replacing them. After that, sand the surface to achieve a clean and smooth wood surface before applying a new coat of paint or stain. As for the stain, make sure to use a resin-based stain and not oil-based as this can promote mold, mildew, and algae growth.

Fighting Rot
You don't have to wait for some parts of your wood sidings to rot before you take action. Realize that almost all types of wood are susceptible to rot because, as has been pointed out, they are permeable and they can keep in moisture. Rot, which can eventually result in decay, is a major problem of wood that can cause serious damage, which is why it needs your immediate attention.

Be proactive and protect your wood sidings from rot through preventive measures. Make sure that you don't allow any more entry points for water to penetrate. All joints must be sealed either with caulk or flashing and that each board is properly nailed into place. Patch up, paint, stain, and repair your wood sidings to protect them. You can definitely enjoy your wood sidings for a lifetime if you take care of them this way.

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